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Lunchtalk: Journalism and the Archive

March 14 @ 12:30 - 13:30

Please join us for a lunchtalk with Niren Tolsi on journalistic practice and archives, moderated by Melanie Boehi. We will provide juice, mineral water, tea & coffee. Please bring your own sandwich.

Niren Tolsi is a South African freelance journalist and co-founding editor of The Con, an online literary and long-form publication produced in Johannesburg. His areas of interest include citizen mobilistation and protest, state violence, constitutional law, social justice, arts and football. His work has been published by various South African and international media, among them Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Chimurenga Chronic, The Guardian, The New York Times and Al Jazeera. He won the prestigious Arts Journalist of the Year 2016 award and is currently in Switzerland for a writing residency with Pro Helvetia and Reportagen. He has been working on a longterm “slow journalism” project with photographer Paul Botes which follows the aftermath of the 2012 Marikana massacre in South Africa.

The lunchtalk is part of a series of Journalism Archive Sessions within the course “Journalism, gender and archive: revisiting the Ruth Weiss collection on southern Africa during the decolonisation and liberation era (ca. 1960s-1980s)” at the Department of History of the University of Basel. The event is co-hosted by the Centre for African Studies Basel and the Basler Afrika Bibliographien.


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